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2nd November, 2006. 8:28 am.

Senor Kerry,

Callate, porfavor, Callate.

Besotes,
Alicia

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22nd October, 2006. 4:32 pm. Travels to Texas

Texas has definetly proven to be an educational experience. This morning as I sat down for breakfast I learned from my cousins to not trust the New York Times, and then they turned on Fox. I sat their laughing internally, and then I remembered elections are in two weeks, and the laughter faded...

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25th June, 2006. 4:42 pm. Cameroon in one WEEK!

http://crawfurd.dk/wallpaper/

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25th June, 2006. 4:39 pm.

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6th February, 2006. 1:12 pm.

So lately things havent been going that great. I feel really sad all the time and I have been really quiet around my friends. And when they ask me what is wrong I have no idea what to say, most of these girls have no idea at all what it is like to be me. I just feel confused, and upset, so I keep to myself. I don't talk very much, and I don't really go out on weekends. And I just feel like everything is going downhill. And that totally sucks. I dont know what to do to make things better. I feel lonely, and on top of everything, I am having issues with my self image. I feel overweight and unattractive, and I think that is the cause of me not having a boyfriend. The pressure of highschool is weighing heavily upon me, and sometimes I think it would be easier to follow my mother, even though I know that it is not the right thing to do, and I will never be capable of it....

Current mood: cold.

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7th September, 2005. 5:25 pm. Katrina...

How a President Should React

In September 1999, Hurricane Floyd -- a category 3 -- was bearing down the
Carolinas and Virginia.

President Clinton was in Christchurch, New Zealand - meeting with President Jiang of China (you know, actually working). He made the proclamation that only Presidents can make and declared the areas affected by Floyd "Federal Disaster Areas" so the National Guard and Military can begin to mobilize. Then he cut short his meetings overseas and flew home to coordinate the rescue efforts. This all one day BEFORE a Cat-3 hit the coast. That is how you do it.

How about this dope's own father during Hurricane Andrew? Once again, President Bush (41) -- August, 1992 -- was in the midst of a brutal campaign for re-election. Yet, he cut off his campaigning the day before and went to Washington where he martialed the largest military operation on US soil in history. He sent in 7,000 National Guard and 22,000 regular military personnel, and all the gear to begin the clean up within hours after Andrew passed through Florida. 'Cause, you know, those people and their stuff was actually where it belonged, rather than being used for insurgent target-practice halfway around the world in a vain effort to make Iraq safe for Iranian takeover.


In August of 1969 when Cat-5 Hurricane Camille hit roughly the same area as Katrina, President Nixon had already readied the National Guard and ordered all Gulf rescue vessels and equipment from Tampa and Houston to follow the Hurricane in. There were over 1,000 regular military with two dozen helicopters to assist the Coast Guard and National Guard within hours after the skies cleared.

Bush 43 - August 2005 - Cat-5 Hurricane Katrina bears down on New Orleans and the Mississippi gulf. Both states are down nearly 8,000 National Guard troops because they are in Iraq -- with most of the rescue gear needed. Bush is on vacation. The day before Katrina makes landfall, Bush rides his bike for two hours. The day she hits, he goes to Johnnie McCain's birthday party; and lies to old people about the multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company welfare boondoggle. People are dying, the largest port of entry in the United States (and fifth largest in the World) is under attack. Troops and supplies are desperately needed. The levees are cracking and the emergency 1-1/2 ton sandbags are ready, but there aren't enough helicopters or pilots to set them before the levees fail. The mayor of New Orleans begs for Federal coordination, but there is none, and the sandbagging never gets done. So Bush -- naturally -- goes to San Diego to play guitar with country singer and lie to the military about how Iraq is just exactly like WWII. The levees give way, filling New Orleans with water, sewage, oil and chemicals. Ten percent of all US exports, and 50% of all agricultural exports ordinarly go through this port. It is totally destroyed. Bush decides he'll end his vacation a couple of days early --BECAUSE HE HAS TICKETS TO A PADRES GAME! He goes back to the Fake Farm in Crawford, with every intention of doing something on WEDNESDAY about this disaster that happened starting last Sunday night.

This of course was not written by me, but I found it on another LJ, and the author was not posted.

Current mood: pissed off.

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6th September, 2005. 5:39 pm. School and what not...

So I am having trouble getting back into the school routine. I am constantly tired, because I am no longer getting my precious twelve hours of sleep because I would have to go to bed at 6 45 pm for that. Anyways, other than that I am pleased with my classes. I am happy with my teacher's and was able to switch out of Geo (the slackers class aka advanced coloring) to Economics. Good stuff. Other than that, nothing much has really been happening. I am not going to Texas for my October break, which I guess is a good thing. I have a soccer tournament then. So that pretty much sums it up.

Current mood: lazy.

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6th September, 2005. 5:26 pm.

So today, I had English class last period, and I was totally exhausted. So I sat down and the English teacher gave us one of the situations where he said what would you do if we had a terrorist and wanted to talk information out of him, would you torture him... this lead to is the whole torture issue. And a girl said well no, and the english teacher said, well what if your mother was where the bomb was going to go off. So she said well that would obviously change everything, and everyone laughed. Haha funny. Not. I did not find that funny at all. Yes to the rest of the class, how funny, the idea of your mother dying. I wanted to stand up and give them the 20 minute talk I have had in my mind for months (that I have never said to anyone) about what it is really like to lose a mother, and there is nothing funny about it . At all. And that you never know what has happened in someone's life, so you shouldn't make dumb jokes. So that is my babble for today. And I know that this is so dumb. That I should accept that you never know how precious something is till you lose it. That this is human nature. But I cannot help but be annoyed.

Current mood: annoyed.

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19th August, 2005. 11:03 am. Hope after all...?

Bill Straub writes for the Scripps Howard News Service: "Public support for the war in Iraq has eroded substantially over the past few months and doubts are mounting over President Bush's ability to stop the bleeding and recapture the hearts and minds of the American people.

"Immanuel Wallerstein, a senior research scholar at Yale and former president of the International Sociological Association, said the public is still split on the wisdom of the Iraq war but that Bush's effort to rally support is 'basically shot.'

" 'He started with a lot of people for him and a certain number against him,' Wallerstein said. 'But the whole middle has lost faith. They see no light at the end of the tunnel, and they're right - there is no light at the end of the tunnel.'

"The public's dominant mood, he said, seesaws from wanting the United States to send more troops, to wanting to bring them all home, Wallerstein said. But the message is the same in each case - 'we can't go on like this.' "

Adam Nagourney and David D. Kirkpatrick write in the New York Times: " A stream of bad news out of Iraq, echoed at home by polls that show growing impatience with the war and rising disapproval of President Bush's Iraq policies, is stirring political concern in Republican circles, party officials said Wednesday.

"Some said that the perception that the war was faltering was providing a rallying point for dispirited Democrats and could pose problems for Republicans in the Congressional elections next year.

"Republicans said a convergence of events - including the protests inspired by the mother of a slain American soldier outside Mr. Bush's ranch in Texas, the missed deadline to draft an Iraqi Constitution and the spike in casualties among reservists - was creating what they said could be a significant and lasting shift in public attitude against the war. . . .

"Some Republicans suggested that the White House was not handling the issue adroitly, saying its insistence that the war was going well was counterproductive."

Current mood: optimistic.

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30th July, 2005. 6:46 pm. Vacation...

Tomorrow I leave for Wyoming for two weeks... I'll post about it after. Wish me luck.

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